The police department of the University of Rhode Island is looking to fill the position of the university police major.

The basic function of the position will be to supervise university police captains and lesser ranking public safety personnel. The candidate elected for the position will assist the director of public safety in administration of the department. This involves planning, organizing, directing and coordinating community policing and law enforcement activities.

The candidates for the position are Paul Douglas Burdette, Jr., Steven Lemuel Jones, Michael Jagoda and Michael Chalek.

Paul Douglas Burdette, Jr.

Deputy chief of police, Paul Douglas Burdette, Jr. of Wrightsville Beach Police Department in North Carolina is one of the four candidates for the university’s Police Major. His law enforcement career began in 1996 as a police officer with the Morehead City Police Department in North Carolina. His experience includes honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1992 to 1996. He served as an enforcement agent, requiring him to enforce the revenue laws in North Carolina. He was also required to maintain law and order throughout the course of his investigations. From 1999 to 2005 he served as a first class police officer in which he would investigate criminal violations and conduct formal interviews of both suspects and witnesses. Burdette said in a statement that he believes his experience in connecting with the community will continue to support the staff, students and direction of the university’s Police Department.

Steven Lemuel Jones

Currently a police commander at Baltimore City Community College and one semester away from attaining a master’s degree in criminal justice, Steven Lemuel Jones is also in the running for the police major at URI. In his position, he supervises 32 departments including police personnel and security guards in the performance of their duties. From 1976 to 1989 Jones served in the United States Marine Corps in El Toro, California. Right after his time with the Marine Corps, he served as a criminal investigator with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Los Angeles, California. In his past experience in law enforcement, he has served as a criminal investigator, instructor and police detective. Jones said in his letter to the university that he is able to manage lead and instruct others under his supervision, along with handling financial responsibilities that come with the position.

Michael Jagoda

In his 20 years of law enforcement experience, Michael Jagoda currently holds the rank of lieutenant and is the commanding officer of the Troop G Barracks in Bridgeport, Conn. Under his current position, he manages 102 sworn law enforcement and civilian personnel. He is a 1993 graduate of Connecticut State Police Academy. After graduating, he served as a patrol trooper for Southbury, Conn. Jagoda said that with his experience he has developed skills in policing diverse communities along with a strong focus on applying those skills to a community setting. In his letter to URI’s office of Human Resource Administration, he said that if selected for the position, one of his goals would be to introduce new programs that further promote the university’s reputation as a safe, attractive university with a public safety organization that is committed to providing unsurpassed customer service.

Michael Chalek

With 36 years of law enforcement experience, Michael Chalek, a lieutenant with the URI Police Department, is one of the four candidates for the university’s police major. He graduated from Bryant University in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and in 1999 he graduated from Salve Regina University with his masters in administration of justice. In past experience, he served on the Cranston Police Department for 27 years, three of those years as chief of police. He has worked with URI’s police department for nine years as a police lieutenant. Chalek said in a statement that in being very familiar with the challenges facing the URI Police Department, he believes that will be his benefit as they move forward with the changes that will be taking place over the next several months.